A pair of home runs from Paul Goldschmidt gave Arizona all the runs they would need on Friday night as they took the series opener from the Rockies. Marquez could not keep the perennial MVP candidate down but did manage to save the bullpen with six innings. The Rockies would rally late but they could not overcome the deficit and loss by a score of 6-3.
The Dbacks got up early on Marquez when AJ Pollock tripled to start the game. He would score on the next batter when David Peralta recorded an RBI groundout. Goldschmidt would then launch his first home run of the night, a solo shot to center field to give the Dbacks an early 2-0 lead.
With Zack Greinke on the mound, the Rockies were in trouble down early. They could not get anything going against the veteran righty, striking out seven times against him while recording six hits, with four of them being singles. Mark Reynolds would homer in the fifth to put the Rockies on the board, but it was only a solo shot and did not influence the outcome of the game. Garneau would drive in the other run that came off of Greinke with a double in the seventh.
In the ninth inning the Rockies started to rally, with the first three hitters reaching on two singles and a walk against Archie Bradley. On a questionable call, Dustin Garneau was called out on strikes instead of given first base on what looked to be a HBP. The play would go to review, but it stood and the Rockies recorded the first out of the inning.
The Rockies and Dbacks would both make changes after that with Fernando Rodney coming in to close and Pat Valaika being sent to the plate as a pinch-hitter. Valaika would hit a slow grounder to short that would be fielded and thrown to second for an out, but a run would cross the plate to bring the score to 6-3. Unfortunately, Charlie Blackmon would hit a high fly ball to right to end the game and leave two Rockies stranded.
The loss definitely hurts as it brings Arizona a game closer to the Rockies in the standings. The pitching matchup on Saturday favors Arizona again as Tyler Anderson has struggled all year long while Patrick Corbin has been really strong.